Is America Ready for a War with North Korea?

Secretary-General António Guterres (left) addresses the Security Council ministerial-level meeting on the nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programmes of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). At right is Rex W. Tillerson, US Secretary of State and President of the Security Council for April. UN Photo / Eskinder Debebe
Secretary-General António Guterres (left) addresses the Security Council ministerial-level meeting on the nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programmes of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). At right is Rex W. Tillerson, US Secretary of State and President of the Security Council for April. UN Photo / Eskinder Debebe

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council that preventing armed conflict in north-east Asia is the international community’s collective priority.

By Rakesh Raman

As the U.S. conflict with the North Korea seems inevitable, President Donald Trump, of late, had sought China’s help to tame the nuclear-powered nation.

Although it is not clear if China used its influence over North Korea to stop its planned missile launch, Trump assumed that Pyongyang has ignored China’s advice. It is stated that North Korea went ahead with its missile launch.

Trump said North Korea disrespected the wishes of China when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today.

Many believe there is no reason for the U.S. to provoke North Korea. But Trump is finding issues to divert media attention away from the discussion of his alleged ties with the enemy country Russia.

Recently, Congressman Ted Lieu had warned about Donald Trump’s tendencies to trigger a nuclear war with North Korea.

Referring to the recent U.S. missile attack on Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack, Ted Lieu feared that Trump might attempt a similar misadventure on North Korea.

In his message to Trump, the Congressman said that unlike Syria, North Korea has nukes and it can rain down artillery on South Korea. “You mess up and millions can die on Korean Peninsula,” Ted Lieu warned.

Meanwhile, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council Friday that preventing armed conflict in north-east Asia is the international community’s collective priority.

However, he added that the onus is on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea) to refrain from further nuclear testing and explore the path of dialogue.

Mr. Guterres noted that since January 2016, the DPRK conducted two nuclear tests, more than 30 launches using ballistic missile technology, and various other activities relating to the nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, in clear violations of Security Council resolutions.

Its launches using ballistic missile technology have included tests of short-, medium-, intermediate-range and submarine-launched ballistic missiles, as well as the placement of a satellite in orbit.

The UN chief said he is alarmed by the risk of a military escalation in the region, including by miscalculation or misunderstanding.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a government award-winning journalist and runs free school for deserving children under his NGO – RMN Foundation.

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